We all want what’s best for our kids, and we also want them to have a safe and protected planet in the future. Therefore it’s always a good idea to get your kids interested in learning about things they can do to help the environment, and get them involved as much as you can, so it’s not just a case of them watching others do it.
We’ve put together some tips for encouraging your little ones to ‘go green’, so they can have fun looking after our planet!
Get them involved with the household recycling
A great way of helping your children feel like they have an important role in preserving the planet is to let them help you with one of the main ways in which your household helps the planet, and this is of course through recycling. From regular things like paper and plastic recycling to more complex processes like electrical recycling, teach them how to do it and why it’s so important.
If your kids are a little older, you could even teach them about certain recycling systems set up by the government. A particular one that springs to mind with young people is the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, as they’re likely to have so many electronics they don’t need anymore, and it’s great to get rid of them safely and responsibly.
Teach them the consequences of food wastage
We all want our kids to eat healthy and to finish their meals and a great incentive to help them to do so is by teaching them about what happens to the food we have to throw away if it’s not finished. There’s an interesting article here from Smarter Living regarding food wastage and how to avoid it in your family.
Ensure they’re turning their electricals off
As mentioned above, our kids tend to use so much electricity with all their gadgets; from mobile phones that constantly need charging to games consoles and TVs, so we need to be encouraging them to ensure they’re turned off. Leaving them on standby isn’t sufficient as it still uses a lot of energy, and is even known to be a fire hazard.
Challenge them to save water
From those long showers and baths to simply leaving the tap on for what feels like forever when they’re brushing their teeth, there are a number of ways in which your kids can reduce the amount of water they use daily. You could even turn it into a competition to see who in your house can use the least amount of water in a week, which would be a great incentive, lots of fun, and maybe quite surprising!
Encourage them to use their natural energy
Encourage them to ditch the games consoles and the computers and head outside and get active instead. This can seem quite difficult, but it’s sometimes just a matter of finding outdoor activities that your individual kids enjoy. There are some useful resources here for helping get your kids active which may come in handy.